[sword-devel] Multimap (was: I want to port the API to Java)

Jerry Kreps sword-devel@crosswire.org
Sun, 9 Dec 2001 14:20:07 -0600

On Sunday 09 December 2001 06:31, you wrote:
> > Many Java and C compilers are not freely distributable in source
> > form either, yet we support them...  Okay, that's not the same
> > thing,
> As you say, it's not the same thing.
> > but it seems we're in the business of spreading the Gospel of
> > Christ not necessarily the Gospel of Open Source.  My point is
> > open source in all its glory is still just a means to an end, not
> > necessarily the end in and of itself.
> As you said, Open Source IS a means to an end. That's why you are
> using it, because it IS an effective means. Closed source is not
> such an effective means.
> > If an external library does it faster and more compact than we
> > could on our own, I don't see anything against it, especially if
> > we can distribute it ourselves and the end user doesn't even have
> > to know.
> Will you see something against it when Objectspace pulls it and you
> are left high and dry?

Or, if Objectspace goes out of business and doesn't release the code.